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Graveyard Information

Hillsborough Friends

County : Down

Denomination : Society of Friends (Quakers)

Graveyard Name : Hillsborough Friends

Civil Parish : Hillsborough

Town / Townland : Hillsborough

OS Reference : J242585

Other Information : This is in Park Street at the southern end of the town The meeting house is presumably that built in 1748 (Wright and Rutty) to replace the older building half a mile to the west in the present Castle grounds The above writers record that "In or about 1682 some meetings were held at Hillsborough though with great opposition, but peacably since the year 1699, and a large meeting settled there" The older burial ground contains no gravestones but that behind the second meeting house has 10 stones, either vertical or flat in the ground The oldest stone dates from 1869 and all have been copied The meeting house is seldom used now and families have gone to Lisburn and elsewhere.

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